- The Complete Juan Francisco (Abridged)
of now-Braves third baseman Juan Francisco remarkable.
Over the course of just two plate appearances during yesterday's victory over the Mets (box), Francisco behaved exactly like Juan Francisco would
- Garko To San Francisco
The Giants finally ended their long pursuit of a first baseman, acquiring Ryan Garko from the San Francisco Giants, reportedly for LHP Scott Barnes. Garko is a clear upgrade and should boost the San
- San Francisco Meetup: Tonight!
This Thursday, at the Stock in Trade bar in the Marina district in San Francisco, we're going to have a Dodgers/Giants meetup. We'll be talking beer and baseball with some of your favorite writers
- Appreciating Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter
You have probably heard that Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter last night. You may have also heard that he posted the lowest Game Score of any no-hitter in history, or that his xFIP for the game
- Francisco Cordero, The Blue Jay
Right-hander Francisco Cordero sat on the sideline as every other available closer on the free agent market found employment this winter. On Tuesday afternoon, however, it was reported
- Vogelsong Resurfaces in San Francisco
Francisco Bay. Once upon a time, Vogelsong was a prospect in the Giants system after he was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 draft. He jockeyed for position in the organization before he
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup
in the Bay Area.
On Tuesday September 6th, around five pacific time, we'll gather at the Gordon Biersch Brewery near the ballpark in San Francisco. Our friends at GB will be providing free
- Francisco Liriano's Dominating Slider
get you labeled a junkballer.
Francisco Liriano, with the Pirates season on the line, told that cliche to go pound sand.
Here are his final pitch tallies for the night, per PITCHF/x
- The San Francisco Firemen
When you think of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, you think of Brian Wilson. Since assuming the closer’s role four years ago, Wilson has been the face – and the beard – of relief pitching
- Wellemeyer to San Francisco
figures to battle with Bumgarner and possibly Kevin Pucetas and Joe Martinez for the 5th spot in the San Francisco rotation.
With a very solid front four in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez
- Francisco Liriano's Great Start
Francisco Liriano continued his excellent start to the season last night, with an 8 shutout inning, 10 strikeout start in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Now Liriano has only allowed 3 runs in 29
- Two Eras of Francisco Rodriguez
another commitment to Francisco Rodriguez, this one for at least two years and $13 million. It happened above the general manager's head, but it's not a nightmare; Rodriguez remains a useful pitcher
- Francisco Liriano's Future
Back in 2006, Francisco Liriano pitched like a cyborg sent from the year 2029 to annihilate all American League Central competition.
The Twins southpaw, just 22 at the time, snapped off mid-90's
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
After five terrible starts to open the season, it's time to wonder what the heck is wrong with Francisco Liriano. Finally healthy in 2010, Liriano delivered the best season of his career - in which
- Francisco Liriano Teases Again
Francisco Liriano has been a tantalizing player over his career. Occasionally, he can look like one of the best pitchers in baseball. But most of the time, his performance fails to live up to his
- The Pirates Version of Francisco Liriano
The Pirates had reportedly made re-signing Francisco Liriano their top priority, and on Tuesday they officially got it done, with Liriano returning for three years and $39 million. Dave wrote
- The Uncomplicated Francisco Liriano
Many fantasy baseball players don’t readily like or even accept Francisco Liriano. He walks too many guys, a lot of them say, and he’s a major health risk. He’s unreliable and difficult to predict
- What's Francisco Liriano Worth?
Joe Christensen dropped a minor bombshell on Minneapolis this morning, writing that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano at some point during spring training. According to Christensen
- Francisco Liriano, the Twins, and the Towel
with the Twins and Francisco Liriano. But can they contend in 2011 without him?
The Twins' (reported) perspective isn't ridiculous. There's no doubting that Liriano put on a dominating performance in just
- Francisco Liriano's Shaky Start
By the time he completed his third start in 2010, Francisco Liriano was already getting national headlines. He had thrown 21 innings, striking out 17, and allowing just three runs. After
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano is back. After a month-long banishment to the bullpen, Liriano has returned to the rotation looking like a completely different pitcher. In his six starts prior to his demotion
- Francisco Lindor, Simply Elite
When the Indians selected Francisco Lindor 8th overall in the 2011 draft, he possessed a high floor and upside. Drafted out of Montverde, Florida, he was an accomplished shortstop but questions about
- Declining Peripherals and Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez had a fantastic season in 2008, where he set the single-season save record and was the most valuable relief pitcher in fantasy baseball. But conventional wisdom says to avoid
- Deep Impact: Francisco Lindor
leads to an increase in quality of replacement-level and league-average players.
Today, I'm going to discuss the fantasy outlook of Indian's shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor will have no issue
- San Francisco DH Options
Guerrero will only start one of the first two games in San Francisco, but the Giants have not yet said what they're going to do at DH. Let's try to figure out what their best option is.
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
We’re only heading into the last week of April, but it’s already been a cataclysmic start to the season for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. To contextualize a bit for how bad the season has been
- Congratulations, San Francisco
- The Sad Crab of San Francisco
- Adding Juan Francisco in Daily Leagues
We all know the story with Juan Francisco. He hits for an insane amount of power, strikes out a ton, and generally does not play great enough defense to warrant regular play. The latter is actually
- Admiring Juan Francisco's Home Run
In case you missed it -- and I sincerely doubt that's possible -- Juan Francisco hit a really long home run last night against the Cubs. Compagno Cistulli already detailed the home run for us
- Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Ben Francisco
On Wednesday night, Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the year, which, combined with his seeming comfort in a regular role on a contending team, probably caused more than one Indians fan
- Season in Review: San Francisco Giants
by the BaseRuns formula and adjusted for strength of schedule, which I feel is the best measurement of a team's actual talent level.
Number Twenty seven: San Francisco Giants
Looking at the respective
- Brad Grant on Scouting Francisco Lindor
When the Indians took Francisco Lindor with the 8th-overall pick in last year’s draft, they brought into the fold -- in the opinion of scouting director Brad Grant -- “a potential Gold Glove
- Angel Pagan Heads to San Francisco
coming off a bad year, with Angel Pagan heading to San Francisco in exchange for Andres Torres as well as reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Pagan joins fellow trade acquisition Melky Cabrera and incumbent
- Pirates Re-Sign Francisco Liriano
In a winter of runaway inflation, the Pirates have reportedly re-signed Francisco Liriano to a deal that looks downright reasonable.
Liriano in agreement with #Pirates on three-year, $39M deal
- Athwart the Numbers: Keppinger, Francisco, Decker
Francisco, Corner Guy, Cincinnati
Francisco's proof that, while you can't necessarily walk off the island, you can try to jack dongers from it all the way to the major league city of your choosing
- Game Four Preview: San Francisco
, a.k.a. the 'Brooks Conrad Game' managed to take things to a new level of surreality. Up two games to one, San Francisco is back in control, but given how this series has played out so far
- San Francisco Moves Lincecum Up
The San Francisco Giants begin their second-to-last regular season series tonight. The opposition is the Arizona Diamondbacks and the series precedes the biggest series of the season – three games
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup -- Tonight!
wild card game wildness with FanGraphs friends and family at the 21st Amendment in Downtown San Francisco any time after four on October 5th. We'll be upstairs, most likely, but you can always check
- San Francisco's Giant Pitching Prospects
The San Francisco Giants organization recently promoted its two top pitching prospects from high-A ball to double-A. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Alderson - 2007 first-round
- Francisco Liriano: My Fantasy MVP
Francisco Liriano made $1 million for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year in base salary. He can earn up to $3.75 million more based on incentives he almost surely hit, but the fact remains
- Francisco Liriano Has Stayed Down
When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken
- Roster Additions: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants recently added four young hurlers to the organization's 40-man roster: right-handers Henry Sosa, Joe Martinez, Waldis Joaquin, as well as left-hander Jesse English
- Mets Trade Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers
Late last night, news broke that the Mets had traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers (along with $5 million to help off-set his contract) for two players to be named later. My immediate
- Reluctantly Talking Ourselves Into Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano's been kicking around the big leagues since 2005, and there's really just never been middle ground with him. Here's a fun trivia question: how many times has he had a seasonal ERA
- The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
Congratulations, San Francisco. Three championships in five years is pretty incredible.
Madison Bumgarner. That was amazing.
- Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to sign Francisco Liriano to a two year, $14 million contract. It's an interesting deal, and we'll talk about the specifics of Liriano and the Pirates
- Cody Ross in San Francisco: Nihilism?
Bowden is working as a consultant for San Francisco GM Brian Sabean.
It has been speculated that the Giants put a claim in on Ross to prevent divisional rival San Diego from filling their own need
- No Surprises in the San Francisco Giants Outfield
down for you over the next few weeks. You can find them gathered here.
Eight different players saw time in the San Francisco Giants outfield in 2014 with most at-bats dedicated to Hunter Pence, Gregor
- San Francisco Giants: Draft Review
) reached the Majors quickly out of necessity but he's a glove-only player who was lost on waivers to Toronto (who then lost him to Philly).
Up Next: The San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
- Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Fifty-six years in San Francisco and one World Series title. Most Giants fans are probably set for another fifty-six years, and for some it’s time to get greedy. Unfortunately, despite some
- These Saber-Savvy San Francisco Giants
phenomenon in San Francisco.
Some of their most innovative moves have come recently. Look at their lineups against left-handed and right-handed pitchers this year, and you'll see a team rife with platoons
- Evaluating the Prospects: San Francisco Giants
much in their international and domestic bonus pools, in addition to generally not trading for prospects. San Francisco tends to play the draft straightforward, taking the best player at each spot
- Draft Reviews: San Francisco Giants
- Organizational Rankings: #23 - San Francisco
- The World Champion San Francisco Giants
- Mets Tab Francisco and Rauch to Revamp Bullpen
In a pair of moves that is sure to inspire derision, the Mets signed former Blue Jays Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to revamp the back end of their bullpen. While the pair made for an underwhelming
- Ranking Ben Francisco's 3-Run Home Run By WPA
Ben Francisco slugged a pinch-hit 3-run home run for the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLDS Tuesday night. The home run was decisive as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2 to take a two games to one lead
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
With Chipper Jones on the DL for the first two weeks of the season, the Braves traded one of their top pitching prospects, J.J. Hoover, to acquire Reds third base prospect Juan Francisco. Hoover
- Juan Francisco & Jason Bay: Deep League Wire
he's just as worthy of joining your squad as these fine lads.
Juan Francisco | MIL 3B | 9% Owned
Two days ago, the Brewers, clearly tired of trotting out the plethora of non-first basemen
- Napoli for Francisco: Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners
Mike Napoli is underrated. Relief pitchers are inherently overrated. We hold these truths to be (supposedly) self-evident. So why does today's trade of Napoli for Frank Francisco look just as good
- NL Outfielders: Ben Francisco, Lance Berkman
. Anything deeper than that, he's probably already owned.
Ben Francisco (9% owned in Yahoo, 7.5% in ESPN)
This is not to suggest that you should pick up Francisco because he hit that home run
- Juan Francisco & Norichika Aoki: Deep League Wire
that they could maintain their skills over every day at-bats.
Juan Francisco | ATL 3B | 5% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Chipper Jones is injured again. While his current ailment isn't serious
- Steamer Projects: San Francisco Giants Prospects
Earlier today, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the San Francisco Baseball Giants.
It goes without saying that, in composing
- Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and a Nice Problem to Have
It seems like top up-the-middle prospects like Francisco Lindor don't come around very often. It seems like you can't get enough shortstop prospects, especially if you run the Cubs. It seems like
- A Minor Review of 2009: San Francisco Giants
on their teams' Top 10 lists. The popular series is back for the second year.
San Francisco Giants
The Graduate: Merkin Valdez, RHP
As Buster Posey will probably tell you in private
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #12 - San Francisco
#18 - Colorado
#17 - Miami
#16 - Arizona
#15 - Cincinnati
#14 - Chicago NL
#13 - Milwaukee
San Francisco's 2011 Organizational Ranking - #12
2012 Outlook: 54 (14th)
- Relative Waiver Wire: Juan Francisco, Trevor Cahill
Francisco, Toronto Blue Jays
Ownership: CBS 30% | Yahoo! 14% | ESPN 15.0%
It’s that time again. Edwin Encarnacion is expected to miss anywhere between two and four weeks (it’s been roughly one already
- NLDS Game One Preview: San Francisco
that Tim Lincecum fell back to earth this season is like saying that Princeton dropped behind Harvard in the 2011 U.S. News rankings. Of the pitchers in the playoffs, only Roy Halladay and Francisco
- NLDS Game One Review: San Francisco
singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. With one on and no outs, and Pat Burrell at the at the plate, either San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy (or perhaps Posey himself) decided it would be a good
- NLCS Game Four Preview: San Francisco
Despite having to face the Phillies' annoyingly-nicknamed (but awesomely talented) "H2O" pitching trio consisting of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, the widely-panned San Francisco Giants
- Francisco Liriano & Matt Garza: Waiver Wire
, but at least you're picking up players who are close to getting guaranteed playing time. Both Francisco Liriano and Matt Garza are close to making their 2013 debuts, and should be targeted by owners who
- Closer Updates: Thornton, Wilson, Francisco, Kimbrel
serious injury. If Wilson is still a question mark a week from now, then start worrying.
Frank Francisco | Blue Jays
Frankie Frank had to visit Dr. James Andrews to get the tightness in his
- Salvador Perez & Francisco Cordero: Waiver Wire
your starting catcher for the Kansas City backstop might be the best possible move you can make.
Francisco Cordero | RP | Astros | Owned: 30% Yahoo!
Oh the joys of real life trades and fantasy
- Francisco Cervelli: Surprisingly Useful Fantasy Catcher
of Francisco Cervelli that he was the guy they sent to Triple-A when they acquired Stewart last year. Considering their track records, it was no surprise the Yankees ranked 29th in our Catcher Power
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: San Francisco Giants
at hand. But that scenario is still not likely. The odds are heavily in favor of San Francisco playing in the postseason.
While the Phillies have a seemingly unstoppable rotation, the Giants have
- San Francisco's Offense: A Glass Half Full and Empty
The San Francisco Giants' offense should be better than we have seen thus far. On the other hand, the Giants' offense should be a lot worse than we've seen thus far. But then again, maybe the Giants
- Francisco Sosa, Silly Parks, and Half-Samples
If you're the sort of person who likes to look around minor league statistical leaderboards for under-the-radar performance prospects, the name Francisco Sosa may have emerged on your radar in 2013
- NLDS Game Three Preview: San Francisco
After Friday night's surreal game in San Francisco, the Giants might be ready for a change of scenery. However, the trip to Atlanta won't be a leisurely visit. The Giants managed to knock Tommy
- NLDS Game Three Review: San Francisco
Another Giants-Braves matchup, another one-run game. Unlike Friday's splash hit special though, the drama ultimately went in San Francisco's direction this time.
Through the seventh inning, I
- NLDS Game Four Review: San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants didn't exactly take Game 4 in convincing fashion, but was able to capitalize on timely hitting on rare opportunities. When it looked like Derek Lowe was on a roll after five
- NLCS Game Five Review: San Francisco
aren't going to get any more favorable for San Francisco. I won't review every key play of Game Five, but rather a few bad and good points that the Giants can take away from it.
Errors in last
- Taijuan Walker, Francisco Lindor and Cactus League Sleepers
should spend the year at Double-A refining his secondary pitches.
Francisco Lindor - Life is full of hard decisions, but when faced with the choice to scout Lindor or a slew of Mariners' studs you take
- Why Francisco Cordero Doesn't Have A Job
on Francisco Cordero's ability to return to his prior team, and now that the music has stopped, he finds himself as the guy without a home.
It's no coincidence that Cordero is the odd man out, however
- Playoff Rookies in Review: San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants organization has received some key contributions from its system at key positions over the past three years, including catcher, shortstop and starting pitching
- Prospect Stock Watch: San Francisco Giants
The author attended a Double-A Eastern League game on Sunday between the Richmond Flying Squirrels (a San Francisco affiliate) and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) in Manchester, NH (box). What
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants organization has a reputation for being a geriatric ward for professional athletes - and deservedly so. General manager Brian Sabean's love of veteran players (at the expense
- NLDS Game Two Review: San Francisco
, and in the bottom half, San Francisco again looked poised to put the game away. It was potentially (and still may turn out to be) a disastrous inning for the Braves, as Billy Wagner injured his oblique after
- Which Melky Cabrera Will San Francisco Get?
Francisco confidence he can be the first brick in the rebuilding of the Giants' lineup.
- Bold Prediction: Francisco Liriano is Top 10 Starter
that Francisco Liriano would be a top 8 pitcher. However, for this post, I will be slightly less ballsy and go top 10. Now let me explain why there is at least a 20% chance of such insanity happening.
- 2013 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
-- for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Don't hesitate to leave notes regarding format/presentation in the comments section, as the author frequently has no idea what he's doing.
- 2015 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago AL / Colorado / Los
- Top 10 Prospects: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants
2010 MLB Record: 92-70 (1st in the NL West)
Minor League Power Ranking: 20th (out of 30)
Click for: Last Year's Top 10 Prospect List
1. Brandon Belt
- Q&A: Francisco Lindor, Indians Top Prospect
Francisco Lindor is the Cleveland Indians’ shortstop of the future and the top prospect in the system. At the age of 18, he also likely several years away from the big leagues. Drafted eighth overall
- San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospects (2012-2013)
ground-ball rate. He should open 2013 in triple-A. With San Francisco's pitching depth, Kickham's big league hopes likely hinge on an injury to the big league staff and he could possibly make his debut out
- Top 15 Prospects: San Francisco Giants
at the MLB level. As a starter he has to potential of a No. 2 or 3 pitcher.
8. Francisco Peguero | OF
BORN: June 1, 1988
EXPERIENCE: 6 seasons (AA)
ACQUIRED: 2006 international free agent
- 2014 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL
- San Francisco Giants: Top 10 Prospects
9. Francisco Peguero, OF, Low-A
DOB: June 1988 Bats: R Throws: R
Signed: 2006 non-drafted international free agent (Dominican Republic)
MLB ETA: Mid-2013 40-Man Roster: No Options: 3
- 2009 Prospect Mine: San Francisco Giants
- NLDS Game Two Preview: San Francisco
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #11 - San Francisco
- 2014 Top 10 Prospects: San Francisco Giants
- Video: 1989 San Francisco Giants at Spring Training
- Top 5 Prospects for 2015: San Francisco Giants
- Video: Juan Francisco Invents New Kind of Home Run
When baseball analysts look at Juan Francisco, they see a player who "doesn't play defense that well" and "has little understanding of the strike zone -- a.k.a. a really important thing
- Juan Francisco & Andrew Romine: Deep League Waiver Wire
is extremely helpful when you're faced with so few pickup options.
Juan Francisco | 1B/3B TOR | CBS 2% Owned
He's baaaaack! Now on his fourth team in four years, the large-sized Francisco gets
- October 1st Wild Card Game Meetup — San Francisco
or baseball with the FanGraphs and BeerGraphs crew. We might even have an unlisted guest or two show up.
Public House, San Francisco, 4-9pm PT (Time subject to change due to schedule.)
- Did Belle and Sebastian See Mike Piazza in San Francisco?
the album was released.
3. That, owing to invocations in the song of San Francisco and the Tenderloin (a neighborhood in San Francisco), that the game was played in that city.
4. That Piazza
- Juan Rivera and Juan Francisco: Waiver Wire Injury Replacements
barrier twice in a career filled with part-time seasons. If this strong finish continues, you won't skip a beat here at the end.
Juan Francisco |3B| Ownership: ESPN - 0.1% Yahoo - 0%
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Francisco Liriano's First Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Francisco Liriano's First Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- San Francisco Wins Battle of '07 Multiple Draft Picks
The 2007 amateur draft was an exciting time if you were a fan of the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers or the Toronto Blue Jays. Each organization had at least five picks
- Pirates Go to the Pitch-Framing Well, Add Francisco Cervelli
to the Yankees in exchange for backstop Francisco Cervelli. Wilson's left-handed and cost-controlled, and he throws hard, so the Yankees see him as a valuable part of the bullpen right away
- Q&A: Kyle Crick, San Francisco Giants Pitching Prospect
pick in the 2011 draft is also the top prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. More refinement is needed, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s pitching at AT&T Park.
Crick -- who
- Who Would You Rather Draft: Francisco Liriano or Jonathan Sanchez
Francisco Liriano and Jonathan Sanchez have something to prove in 2012.
Both pitchers signed one-year deals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration with the Twins and Royals at a cost of $5.5 million
- Your Opening Day Starter...Uh.
and Mike Maroth got the call in consecutive years for the Tigers. A 1999 game between the Pirates and Expos featured a match-up of Francisco Cordova and Dustin Hermansen. Steve Trachsel, Albie Lopez, Tanyon
- Steven Souza: The 26-year-old Rookie
- Prospect Watch: Early Appalachian Standouts
? If it all comes together, Missaki could slot in as a good pitch-mixing fourth starter.
Rafael Cordova, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Profile)
Level: Rookie-Advanced Age: 19 Top-15: N/A Top-100: N/A